9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
The Bullied, The Bully, And The Bystander
Rev. Clare Petersberger
A few years ago, a colleague tweeted, "the person who bullied me in elementary school's birthday was on my (Facebook) timeline today. Amazing how seeing her name STILL hurts." I imagine this colleague is not alone. Yet we don't talk, often, of our personal experiences of being bullied, or of bullying another, or of being a bystander to bullying. As people of courage, today we reflect on all three. For as Barbara Coloros has written, "Bullying is a learned behavior. The bullied, the bully, and the bystander are three characters in a tragic play and the scripts can be rewritten, the plot changed."